Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fecal Impaction Evaluation

Evaluation of fecal impaction begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with a fecal impaction may include:

The diagnosis of fecal impaction can be made without testing. Tests may be performed to exclude the possibility of intestinal obstruction.

Tests that may be used to evaluate fecal impaction include:

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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